- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 10, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0077SSPCS
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The World of Downton Abbey Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
It contains sections on family life, society, change, life in service, style, house and estate, romance, WWI and behind the scenes. The writer, Julian Fellowes pens an eloquent introduction that sums up the series and book perfectly..."the shadows of what used to be". A page of portraits introduces us to the characters.
This is a story not only of the filming, but a way of life - in fact two ways of life - the aristocracy and those in service. It is well explained, in an interesting manner, the difficulties and advantages both classes had. We learn how and why American heiresses became the wives of many of the English aristocracy and what the differences in philosophies of the two were.
The social history is described, again of both classes and why they behaved as they did. There are historical pictures and inserts that are relevant. We learn so completely what this period of Edwardian history was like and also how the filming of this series was accomplished. The creating of the costumes is thoroughly detailed. There are some comments from the actors themselves, but the star of this book is the era itself.
This is a book for Anglophiles, fans of Downton Abbey, those interested in English history especially of the Edwardian- WWI period and a social commentary on the English classes, It would be appropriate for anyone interested in filming and costume making also - a book that absolutely countless readers would enjoy.
Sometimes when I've bought a book like this about a movie, I've felt cheated because there was no substance and that is definitely not the case here. I know I will want to look at this book and reread it many times. I'm recommending it to all my friends who love Downton Abbey.
The one thing I sort of found really odd were the constant "interruptions" int the text...you read along for 3-5 pages and then there's like a random 1-2 page "special" about the dresses or the hair or with some quotes from the actors behind the scenes...so it's hard to read it straight through because of these sections... do you read them at the end? In the middle? I've never seen a book that does this...even classroom textbooks (which do this traditionally) limit the callout boxes to 1/2 page and only maybe 2-3 per chapter.